Kansas City in the Jazz Age & Great Depression

Carollo, Charles V.

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U.S. Attorney's report on Otto P. Higgins, Inmate #55996-L, which records Higgins' defense attorney, summarizes the charges, and notes the sentence imposed. The report notes that the income Higgins is charged with evading taxes on was received from "protected gamblers and other forms of organized vice." U.S. Attorney Richard K. Phelps recommends against parole, while Judge J. C.

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U.S. Attorney's report on Otto P. Higgins, Inmate #55996-L, recording Higgins' defense attorney, summarizing the charges, and noting that "the aggravating circumstances are that the income unreported by this prisoner was derived form the lowest and worst elements of the organized underworld of Kansas City." U.S. Attorney Richard K. Phelps reports that local mobster Charles Carollo is a suspected associate, and recommends against parole. Judge J. C. Collet does not concur, noting that this conviction is Higgins' first offense.

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Judgments and commitments in Criminal Case No. 14581: United States vs. Charles Carollo, defendant. Carollo, aka "Charlie the Wop," was a Kansas City mob boss, entered a plea of guilty and was sentenced to one year and one day in penitentiary, to run consecutively with his sentence in case No. 14578.

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Docket entries in Criminal Case No. 14639: United States vs. Charles Carollo, defendant. Carollo, aka "Charlie the Wop," was a Kansas City mob boss. The document lists the timeline of events in the case, including the indictment filing on July 21, 1939, guilty pleas on counts 3 and 4 on October 19, 1939, and sentencing on October 29, 1939. Carollo was committed to the U.S. Penitentiary at Leavenworth on November 14, 1939, and a notice of appeal was filed on September 9, 1943.

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Indictment in Criminal Case No. 14639: United States vs. Charles V. Carollo, defendant. Carollo, aka "Charlie the Wop," was a Kansas City mob boss, and was charged with income tax evasion in the years 1935-1939. The indictment details his sources of income, including smoke and cigar shops, gaming and gambling operations, casinos, liquor distributors, and nightclubs and bars.

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Indictment in Criminal Case No. 14573: United States vs. Charles V. Carollo, defendant. Carollo, aka "Charlie the Wop," was a Kansas City mob boss, and was charged in connection with his application for naturalization as a United States citizen. The indictment states that Carollo had, under oath, sworn that during the years prior to filing for naturalization, he had "behaved as a personal of good moral character," and specifically, that he had denied receiving any profit from gambling or gaming. The indictment charges that he knowingly perjured himself in doing so.

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Indictment in Criminal Case No. 14462: United States vs. Charles V. Carollo, defendant. Carollo, aka "Charlie the Wop," was a Kansas City mob boss, and was charged with mailing a letter and unsigned bill of sale granting one-quarter ownership of a lottery-style gaming operation, the Fortune Skill-Ball game, at 2 West 39th Street.

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Application for bill of particulars in Criminal Case No. 14573: United States vs. Charles Carollo, defendant, stating that specific matters in the indictment are "vague, indefinite, uncertain, ambiguous, equivocal, and contradictory." The document requests more names, locations, and other details of the "gambling parlors" and "gambling games" that Carollo is accused of profiting from.

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Indictment in Criminal Case No. 14462: United States vs. Charles V. Carollo, defendant. Carollo, aka "Charlie the Wop," was a Kansas City mob boss, and was charged with mailing a letter and unsigned bill of sale granting one-quarter ownership of a lottery-style gaming operation, the Fortune Skill-Ball game, at 2 West 39th Street.

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Application for bill of particulars in Criminal Case No. 14573: United States vs. Charles Carollo, defendant, stating that specific matters in the indictment are "vague, indefinite, uncertain, ambiguous, equivocal, and contradictory." The document requests more names, locations, and other details of the "gambling establishments" that Carollo is accused of collecting, or authorizing other people to collect, "lug and protection money" from.

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Indictment in Criminal Case No. 14578: United States vs. Charles V. Carollo, defendant. Carollo, aka "Charlie the Wop," was a Kansas City mob boss, and was charged with "wilfully ... attempting to evade and defeat a large part of the income tax upon his net income" for 1937 and 1938. The untaxed income at issue is alleged to be "lug and protection money from gambling establishments."

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Sentencing in Criminal Case No. 14578: United States vs. Charles Carollo, defendant. Carollo, aka "Charlie the Wop," was a Kansas City mob boss, and was found guilty of perjury by jury trial. Judge Merrill E. Otis writes that the proof of Carollo's guilt was "overwhelming," discusses the seriousness of perjury as "gravely threatening to the well-being of the state," and notes that the maximum punishment allowed is five years' imprisonment and a $2,000 fine.

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